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Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques & Technologies (RATT) / Department of Physics & Electronics

invites high-flying students looking to get involved in radio astronomy, MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre Array

to apply for postgraduate bursaries for 2020.

Closing date for applications: 15 October 2019

Click HERE for full details (eligibility, criteria etc.)


The Pearson-Young Memorial Scholarships

Rhodes University invites applications for the Pearson-Young Memorial Scholarships for Honours in 2020 in cancer-related research.

The awards are open to students from any South African university for study only at Rhodes University.

Eligibility: Prospective Honours students with a strong academic record. Preference will be given to Science and Pharmacy students.

Value: R115 000 p.a.

Application Process:

There is no application form. Applicants are required to supply the following documents:

  1. A letter of motivation.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Academic transcript
  4. Please provide a letter of support from your current University.
  5. Prior to submitting your application, please engage with the prospective department in which you intend commencing the Honours programme. In the motivation, please confirm eligibility to register for the course, and the aspect regarding Cancer Related Research.

Closing date: 25 October 2019

Scholarship Enquiries: Please contact pgfunding@ru.ac.za  or (046) 603 8755


Mellon Creative Writing Scholarships for 2020

MA in Creative Writing (one year) R100 000 (x5 isiXhosa; x2 graphic novel)

Apply now for the 2020 full time MA programme over one year.

Sixteen weeks of intensive coursework followed by a closely supervised creative thesis written in either English, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, Kaaps or combinations of two languages.

Mellon MACW Scholarship Application Form 2020

Closing date: 31 October 2019

Submit completed MA scholarship application forms to pgfunding@ru.ac.za

*Equity considerations apply.


Nicholas Iain Paumgarten Scholarship 2020

Postgraduate Studies in Accounting

This scholarship for Postgraduate studies in Accounting has been established through the generous support from the family of the late Nicholas Iain Paumgarten. His special interests were music, fishing, nature, spending time with family and friends.


  • South African citizenship.
  • Full-time in attendance.
  • Honours, HDAC or Masters in Accounting.
  • Academic merit.
  • In addition, the Committee will consider the applicant’s active participation in sporting, cultural and altruistic activities during their undergrad while still managing to maintain an academic record that makes them eligible for Honours/HDAC or Masters.             

Tenure: One (1) year

Value: R50 000-00

Closing Date:  27 September 2019

Please provide the following (as there is no application form to complete):

  • Academic CV.
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts.
  • Motivation/Essay not exceeding 300 words explaining why you have chosen your field of study & what you propose to do in South Africa once qualified.

Applications to be emailed (as one pdf) to: pgfunding@ru.ac.za clearly marked the Nicholas Iain Paumgarten Scholarship application.      

Faxed copies, hard copies and late applications will NOT be considered.

For any queries: email pgfunding@ru.ac.za

Tel number: 046-6038755 |  Fax number: 046-6038822 |  Personal Fax number: 0866956937


Makabongwe Ndzwayiba Scholarship 2020

This Scholarship was established in 2012 by the Vice-Chancellor in memory of the late Makabongwe Ndzwayiba who passed away after a long and courageous battle against cancer. He spent three very successful years in Winchester House, Allan Webb Hall at Rhodes University. An outstanding student, a sub-warden and Community Engagement representative, Makabongwe was an inspiration to all who came to know him.

This Scholarship will be awarded to support a student at Rhodes who, in the spirit of Makabongwe, has courageously overcome significant hardships. 

Makabongwe Ndzwayiba Scholarship Application Form 2020                                      

Field/level of study: Honours in Economics at Rhodes University.

Eligibility: Acceptance for Honours in Economics, proven financial need, demonstrable hardships overcome and leadership in assisting in the “upliftment” of local communities.

Value: Variable, up to a maximum of R30 000 per annum.

Citizenship: Open to all citizens.

Closing Date: 27 September 2019


Application procedure:      

  1. Attached application form to be completed.
  2. Please provide a CV and full academic transcript with this application.
  3. Referee report in support of your involvement in the “upliftment” of local communities
  4. All documents to be submitted as one pdf (in the above order) to pgfunding@ru.ac.za


Dootch Fund - The Dean Du Chenne Educational Trust

ATTENTION:  All undergraduate Rhodes students who are pursuing a Honours degree programme in 2020

Dootch Bursary Application Form 2020

Poster: Dean du Chenne Educational Trust Bursary 2020

The Dean Du Chenne Education Trust, founded in 2012, provides financial assistance to South African students and scholars in financial need who demonstrate:

  • A desire to learn
  • A Willingness to help others
  • A passion for life
  • A love and enthusiasm for their friends

The focus of the funds is to provide financial support to individuals who don’t have the financial means to pursue their academic studies.

Who can apply:

  • Final year undergraduate Rhodes students who are coming to do a Honours degree programme for full-time study (in-attendance) at Rhodes University in 2020.
  • The successful candidate must be able to display a genuine need for financial assistance.
  • Although it is preferable, academic excellence is not a requirement.
  • Preference will be given to students who are able to demonstrate a passion for Rhodes and who are able to provide quality reasons why they desire to pursue the specific postgraduate degree.
  • Candidates who are able to prove an aspiration to use their education to invest within their community will be favoured.

How to apply:

  • A motivation letter not exceeding 300 words explaining why you have chosen your field of study, what you propose to do once qualified and why you are passionate about Rhodes
  • A brief CV
  • Full academic transcripts
  • Completion of the attached application form : Please be sure to add all the relevant attached documents as requested in section 9 (checklist).

All the above need to be emailed to the Postgraduate Funding Office (pgfunding@ru.ac.za) no later than 11 October 2019.

Late applications will not be considered.

For more information about the Bursary please visit: www.dootchfund.org


Guy Butler Research Award 2020

Rhodes University invites all students with a strong academic record (grades 70% and above) who intend pursuing full-time Postgraduate studies in 2019, to apply for the Guy Butler Research Award.

Closing date: 4 October 2019

Guy Butler Research Award Advert 2020

Guy Butler Application Form 2020

Honours, Masters or PHD: Applicants must pursue research in one of the following fields:

English Language, English Literature, English-in-Education, South African English Drama, South African Journalism in English, Cultural studies focusing on English-related topics in Southern Africa and research in the area of English bilingualism, as an additional language.

Period: Initially for one year, but renewable depending on satisfactory progress for a further year at Masters level and two years at Doctoral level.

Tenable: Full-time attendance and registration at Rhodes University (Departments of English, English Languages and Linguistics and ISEA).

Value of awards:

  • Honours - R80 000  
  • Masters - R90 000          
  • Doctoral - R100 000

Application procedure:

Submit the following:

  • a covering motivation letter
  • the application form, including information regarding proposed studies, a detailed academic CV (including email contact details of three academic referees) and
  • a full academic transcript.

The completed application form and supporting documents (as a single PDF document) needs to be emailed back to pgfunding@ru.ac.za before the closing date.


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarships

in Urban Connections in African Popular Imaginaries

The research programme is concerned with African popular modes of representation and interpretation, and especially with the ways in which local specificities and global imaginaries are articulated through popular genres. It seeks to engage critically with various knowledge productions that are embedded in local cultural forms.

The Department of Literary Studies in English at Rhodes University, together with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, invite applications for Honours Scholarships for scholars who wish to embark on research in any of the following research areas: genre fiction in Africa (crime thrillers, science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy fiction, Afro-Gothic fiction, chick-lit, and romance fiction); literary narratives of new and ‘invisible’ African writers; new modes of African writing through modern digital technology; popular performance art (stand-up comedy, music, film, television, radio); magazines and graphic illustrations.

The programme is offering Honours Scholarships (one year): R90 000 per annum.

Please note that candidates will be required to pay their fees for their respective degrees from the scholarship amounts stated above.

  • Honours applicants must provide a covering letter, a 300-500 word research proposal, and a CV with academic record.
  • All applicants must also include letters from two referees in their applications.
  • Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered.

For academic and project enquiries: contact the Vice-principal Investigator on the project, Dr Minesh Dass: mdass@uj.ac.za

Closing Date for Applications: 30 September 2019.

Candidates who are shortlisted will be called for an interview and, should their application be successful, they must be available to commence full-time study (in attendance) in February 2020.

Please note the final award of a scholarship is subject to the applicant having their application approved by the Department of Literary Studies' Postgraduate Committee (see https://www.ru.ac.za/english/coursematerials/).

Submit COMPLETED applications to: mdass@uj.ac.za


Ada & Bertie Levenstein Bursaries for 2020

Applications are invited from South African citizens who have a strong academic record and who have a proven need for financial assistance for HonoursMasters and Doctoral studies (full-time in attendance) at Rhodes University in 2020. 

  • Honours: R100 000
  • Masters: R100 000.00
  • Doctoral: R120 000.00

Closing date: 27 September 2019

Ada & Bertie Levenstein Application Form 2020

Ada & Bertie Levenstein Criteria 2020


The David Ryan Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy 2020

Rhodes University invites applications for the David Ryan Memorial Scholarship for Honours, Masters or Doctoral studies in Philosophy for 2020.                                                          

Closing date: CLOSED

The David Ryan Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy was established at Rhodes University by the family and friends of the late Dr David Ryan.

David Ryan Scholarship Information 2020

David Ryan Application Form 2020

Value: Honours: R80 000; Masters: R100 000; Doctoral: R120 000

Contact: pgfunding@ru.ac.za; (046) 603 8755 for enquiries.


Rhodes University Postgraduate Scholarships

Rhodes University invites all students with a strong academic record (grades 65% and above) who intend pursuing full-time Postgraduate studies in 2020, to apply for the following Postgraduate Scholarships.

Closing Date: CLOSED

HONOURS: R80 000            MASTERS: R90 000                        DOCTORAL: R100 000

ALLAN GRAY Honours and Masters: for designated groups in the Commerce Faculty

HENDERSON Honours, Masters and Doctoral: for the Faculties of Science and Pharmacy, plus Accountancy and Information Systems in the Commerce Faculty

RHODES UNIVERSITY POSTGRADUATE Honours, Masters & Doctoral: for all Faculties

ATLANTIC PHILANTHROPIES SCHOLARSHIPS Doctoral: for designated groups in all Faculties; awarded initially for PhD (R100 000 p.a.), which can be extended to a one year Postdoctoral award. Focus is on developing future academics and researchers.

There  are specific criteria & conditions for each of the Scholarships. Please consult the website for the Application form and further details: http://www.ru.ac.za/research/postgraduates/funding/internal/

Please read the criteria for the various programmes carefully BEFORE applying, such as eligibility concerning citizenship, degree and subject choice.

Application procedure: A covering letter with a completed application form (see below, together with all the relevant documents in Section D) needs to be emailed to pgfunding@ru.ac.za in one combined PDF (& not a zip file) on or before the closing date.

Only ONE application is necessary as you will automatically be nominated for each award for which you qualify. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Applicants do not need to wait for the June results in order to apply. Those not registered at Rhodes University in 2019, are requested to submit the mid-year results as soon as they are available.

Honours applications: selection is based primarily on undergraduate marks. Letter of support from an academic staff member from the department supporting your Honours application is required.

First year Masters or PHD in 2020: A letter of motivation from your supervisor in support of your application. A report from your current supervisor of the Honour/Masters research project is required (where relevant).

Funding 2nd yr Masters/ PHD 2 or PHD 3 in 2020: A letter of support from your supervisor is required.

Renewal applications: Please submit Renewal request (A Personal Motivation), progress report from scholar and progress report from supervisor.

Applications Form: RU Scholarship Application Form 2020 (one form only required for all 4 programmes)


  1. Allan Gray Guidelines 2020
  2. Henderson Guidelines 2020
  3. RU Postgraduate Guidelines 2020
  4. Atlantic Philanthropies Guidelines 2020

NOTE: Incomplete and late applications will NOT be considered.

Postgraduate Funding, Research Office, Rhodes University

Tel: 046-603 8755; Fax: 046-603 8822;   email: pgfunding@ru.ac.za


Ruth First Scholarship 2020    

Applications are now open for the Ruth First Scholarship for Doctoral or Masters studies at Rhodes University in 2020.

The Ruth First Scholarship is intended to support candidates whose research is in the spirit of the life and work of Ruth First, whose research poses difficult social questions, and who are interested in linking knowledge and politics and scholarship and action.

Eligible fields of study are: politics, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, economics, social policy, democracy studies, development studies, media studies, or studies in cognate disciplines with a strong social and human rights focus. South African and Mozambican black and women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply .

Value of award: PhD R120 000 per annum or R100 000 per annum for Masters.

Closing date: CLOSED

Ruth First Scholarship Application Process

Ruth First Booklet

E-mail: pgfunding@ru.ac.za   or Jaine Roberts (j.roberts@ru.ac.za) for enquiries.
Tel: 046-603 8755


DAAD 2020

Call for Applications for DAAD ‘in Country’ PhD Scholarships to study Biochemistry/Microbiology at Rhodes University

DAAD is offering three-year PhD scholarships for full-time study towards the PhD degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rhodes University starting at the beginning of 2020. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). A maximum of 5 scholarships are available for admission in 2020. The scholarships cover costs associated with the degree and include a monthly stipend of 500 Euro.

DAAD Rhodes Call


  • Citizens of a sub-Saharan country (excluding South Africa);
  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology or a related science completed not more than 6 years ago. Note that if your MSc is not completed, you should submit a letter from your current supervisor indicating that the degree will be completed by Jan 2020;
  • Good working knowledge of English;
  • Strong motivation and commitment.

Applications procedure:

The application procedure starts by application to Rhodes University which is due 17:00 on Friday 17th May 2019. A committee will screen applications, and shortlisted candidates will be contacted and required to submit documentation to DAAD via the DAAD online portal. DAAD will make the final selection of successful candidates.

Please submit the following documentation as a single PDF file:

  1. Letter of motivation (explaining your interest in Biochemistry/Microbiology and why you wish to do a PhD. Maximum 1 page);
  2. CV using the template found here: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose
  3. Certified copy of academic transcript/degree certificates;
  4. Reference letters from 2 academic references;
  5. Passport/ID as proof of citizenship.

Please email the above documents as a single PDF file to pgfunding@ru.ac.za by 17:00 on Friday 17th May 2019. Please name the file ‘DAAD-Your name’.

Female applicants and applicants from less privileged backgrounds are encouraged to participate in the programme.

Queries may be addressed to Prof Adrienne Edkins on a.edkins@ru.ac.za
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email with further instructions.

If you do not hear from us by 1 July 2019, you should assume that your application was not successful.

To combine PDF documents – see this website https://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf


Abe Bailey Travel Bursary 2019

This is an opportunity for a study tour to the UK 24th Nov 2019 – 21st Dec 2019.

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY if this will clash with exams, other interviews etc, as the successful candidate will undertake to attend this trip without the chance of bailing at that time!

Applicant’s need to provide evidence of exceptional qualities of leadership and community service experience, and excellent grades. Other factors are taken into account when selecting.

There is an initial Rhodes screening process, with a Selection Committee of interviews for the top 6 applications received. The provisional Interview date is 27 May 2019 (morning / afternoon), those shortlisted for interview will be emailed of the date and time closer to the day. Please do not apply if you have other commitments on the day of the interview. The top three interviewees will be nominated to the Trust, who then make the final selection and advise us towards the end of June.

Documents and further details attached. Please read them carefully so as to aid you in your application. Often we are inundated with questions, answers of which are in the  documents provided!

Docs required for this process:

  1. A personal letter of motivation as to why you are applying for the travel bursary.
  2. A current CV
  3. Three letters of reference must accompany your application which are in sealed envelopes to ensure confidentiality. (Please use at least two academic referees who currently know you, ie referees who have known you within the last three years only, the third may be from community engagement and leadership involvement). Please co-ordinate carefully with your referees in the next few weeks so that your application is complete when delivered to our offices.
  4. Copies of ID, matric cert, full University academic records (undergraduate and postgraduate (where relevant)).
  5. Copies of school & university merit/achievement certificates (limited to 5).
  6. Details of leadership roles and community service within the community, at school and at university.

RHODES CLOSING DATE: 10 May 2019 - no late applications will be accepted


Ian Mackenzie Scholarship

Eligibility: ONLY: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Entomology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Ichthyology, Microbiology, Physics, Botany or Zoology.

For Environmental Studies for 2019

This Scholarship to the value of R55 000 for one year and is tenable at Rhodes University and is awarded normally on an annual basis from interest accruing on a donation received from Dr Ian Mackenzie, a previous Chancellor of the University.

The conditions of award are as follows: 

  1. The Scholarship is available for full-time Master's or Doctoral degree study in the Faculty of Science within one of the following disciplines: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Entomology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Ichthyology, Microbiology, Physics, Botany or Zoology.

     The topic of the research should be one which will contribute to the preservation or enhancement of the environment.

  2. The Scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the University to applicants with a meritorious academic record.

  3. Application Procedure: Please submit the following:
    • A full academic record.
    • An outline of your research proposal.
    • A supporting reference from one of your present supervisors.

To:       Electronically to pgfunding@ru.ac.za clearly marked Ian Mackenzie Scholarship in the subject line.

Completed applications should be submitted by not later than 31 May 2019.

Please note that late applications will NOT be considered. 


Laura Starke Memorial Bursary

This award is made each year on the basis of nominations received from the Head of Department – Botany, Entomology, Microbiology and Zoology.

The bursary is for one year only and is awarded to a student in one of the Following disciplines: Botany, Entomology, Microbiology or Zoology.

In making a nomination, Dr Starke stipulated that the following should  be taken into account:

“ …dedication to nature is to be the deciding criterion and not necessarily Academic merit …”.

The bursary is in memory of Laura C Starke who graduated in Entomology and Botany at Rhodes University in 1969.  She was a true nature lover and worked in the Protea Unit in Stellenbosch.  She lost her life in a mountaineering accident on 26 October 1975.

Value: R15 000

Closing date: Please submit your nominations by the 31 May 2019.

Application process: Please provide a letter of motivation and the student’s CV and full academic records.

       To:       pgfunding@ru.ac.za

Please note that late applications will NOT be considered.


Margaret Smith Bursary

2019 Margaret Smith Bursary Application


  • Honours, Master’s or Doctoral degree in Ichthyology or fisheries Science.
  • Applicants must be registered at Rhodes in 2019
  • Academic record as well as a need for financial support is taken into account.
  • Other factors being equal, academic merit will be the deciding factor.

Value:     R14 000

Tenure: One Year

Closing Date:  CLOSED

Application to consist of:

  1. Covering motivation letter
  2. Applications form
  3. Full academic transcripts

This should then be emailed directly to pgfunding@ru.ac.za  (no hard copies please) 

Late applications will NOT be accepted


Internet Of Things For Development (IoT4D)


Masters in Computer Science

Tenable: Full-time study in the Department of Computer Science at Rhodes University towards a Masters Degree in Computer Science

Duration: 2 years

Value: R90,000 per annum towards tuition and living expenses

Closing date: CLOSED

Requirements: Please provide the following documents to support your application:

  1. A motivation letter not longer than one page for postgraduate study in IoT4D
  2. A research proposal on a topic of interest in the area of IoT4D ( maximum 2 pages)
  3. Your Curriculum Vitae
  4. Your full academic transcripts

All documentation must be scanned into one pdf file and emailed to n.dlodlo@ru.ac.za

Rhodes University Bursary for Masters in Financial Markets

Eligibility: South African students wishing to do full-time Master’s in Financial Markets in the Department of Economics at Rhodes University in 2019.

Financial Markets Application Form 2019

Closing date:  CLOSED

Value of award:

R15 000 towards the costs of tuition and other university expenses.

Application procedure NB :

  1. Covering motivation letter (short not longer than one page) indicating career plans, the need for financial assistance etc.
  2. Completion of application form.
  3. Proof of payslips etc. needed as per application form (affidavit if not employed).
  4. Copy of id document.
  5. Full academic transcripts (course records) (indicating %).

All documentation must be scanned into one word/pdf document and emailed back to

pgfunding@ru.ac.za no later than 6 March 2019.

For any queries: email pgfunding@ru.ac.za


Lelona Fufu Memorial Bursary 2019

This Bursary will be awarded annually at Graduation to a student graduating in science with a BSc or BSc (Hons) who has overcome educational hardships to achieve very good results and who is continuing with further studies.

The Lelona Fufu Memorial Scholarship/Bursary was established in 2012 in response to the promise by the Dean of Science to a grieving father as the result of the tragic passing of a loved daughter, on the day of her anticipated graduation.

The University, with generous donor support from various donors, including staff and students, established a fund in her name to honour her memory and celebrate her life, as well as to yearly condemn, by awarding this scholarship/bursary in her name at Graduation, brutal acts of gender-based violence, and senseless acts of violent criminality that rob South Africa of its brightest and best daughters.

Field/ level of study:  Honours in Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics at Rhodes University.

Eligibility: Preference will be given to students who has come through the Foundation Programme and who has majored in the mathematical or statistical sciences. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need. The academic achievements and merits of the student’s grades will also be taken into account.

Value: Variable, up to a maximum of R90 000 per annum.

Citizenship: Open to all

Closing date: CLOSED


Application procedure:              

  1. Attached application form to be completed and submitted back to office as a hard copy. (Lelona Fufu Memorial Bursary Application Form)
  2. Please provide a CV and full academic transcript with this application.
  3. An essay titled “The magic of Mathematics”. There is no minimum or maximum length of the essay. 

Poster: Lelona Fufu Memorial Bursary


Rhodes Business School has a limited number of bursaries available, which may fund up to 75% of MBA studies subject to meeting certain criteria.

Deadline: CLOSED

Applicants will have to meet the requirements of MBA admission (NQF 8; 3 years work experience, write the NMAT), and commit to funding the shortfall of the bursary amount.

Applicants will need to submit the following for consideration for a bursary:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • CV with detailed work experience.
  • Academic Transcript.
  • Certified copy of ID or passport.


Contact: pgfunding@ru.ac.za for more information.


The Rodney Davenport History Scholarship 2019

The late Rodney Davenport, Professor of History at Rhodes University from 1975 – 1990, generously donated a sum of money to establish a scholarship for Rhodes University History graduates.


  • History graduates entering an Honours, Masters or Ph.D degree in History at Rhodes University.
  • Candidates should have obtained at least a high upper-second in History III (for Honours), or the same standard in Honours (for Masters).
  • Preference will be given to Rhodes University graduates. Graduates of other universities may be considered.

Value: Variable

Tenure: 1 year

Closing Date:  CLOSED

Applications procedure:

Documentation required:

  1. A covering letter of motivation/ study plans for 2019;
  2. a brief CV and;
  3. full academic transcripts.

should be submitted to pgfunding@ru.ac.za  electronically as one PDF on or before the closing date of 26 November 2018

Late applications will not be considered!


Imraan & Simisha Elias Sustainability Bursary 2019

Rhodes University invites students with a strong academic record (grades 70% and above) with a proven financial need, who intend pursuing full-time Postgraduate studies (Honours, Masters, PhDs or Diplomas in all Faculties) in 2019 at Rhodes University to apply.

Imraan & Simisha Elias Application Form

Imraan & Simisha Elias Advert 2019

Closing date: CLOSED

Value of award: R5 000

Period: One Year only

Applicants who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • South African citizenship
  • Previously disadvantaged individuals, particularly females
  • Must prove a financial need

Area of Research: Environmental sustainability, such that it will make a positive impact on social development in South Africa.

Submit a covering motivation letter with the application form with special reference to sustainability, including information regarding proposed studies, a detailed academic CV (including email contact details of three academic referees) and a full academic transcript.

The completed application form needs to be emailed back to pgfunding@ru.ac.za before the closing date.


Merit Awards for 2019

Those of you who are completing the 3rd year of a 3 yr degree, or a 4th year of a 4yr degree, completing Honours or Masters, and obtain a distinction in your grades or “degree obtained with distinction”, we will consider a merit award to reduce the tuition fees for 2019 (for full time (in attendance) Honours, Master or PhD study only).

Please note that the reduction of the fees will be for 2019 only, a once off award (for the degree) and not renewable for subsequent years for that new degree.

There are some rules governing this process, so it's not an automatic PC fully driven process - we will begin processing the awards after the results are officially released in December.  No actual award letters will be posted due to volumes. Payment will be credited to your fee account after registration in the new year, around the end of March/April once we have completed the process which entails checking that you have registered for the course that the award was intended.

 Other points to note are:

  1. Where the  3 yr degree is completed over 4 yrs for example (if not a Foundation degree start), then no award will be made.
  2. Where the majors are completed over two different years (split majors), generally the awards are not actioned in such cases.
  3. If you obtain a double 1st, either subject at Honours will be funded, but where one major is obtained as a first and the other is not, the following rule applies: the other major must be a 1st or an upper second (2A) for the award to be applicable to both majors. A lower 2nd (2B) or a 3rd (III), means the award applies only to the subject involving the 1st class pass.
  4. Please note: No awards are made for graduates entering a Diploma course, the Honours degree Scholarship is just that: an award to read for a Honours degree, not anything else. The exception to the rule is HDAC, as this is effectively the Honours course with an extra module.
  5. Those on the 4 yr degrees, Dr Moodly will continue to action merit awards as normal via the Registrars Division - We will process the BBS 3 to BBS 4.
  6. The award is for 2019 and not normally deferred. The deferral to 2019 will only be considered if the gap year is based on an academic reason (or medical), something out of your control – ie course offered alternate years, supervisor on sabbatical in 2019 and cant supervise you, or the dept insists on one year work experience etc. A gap year to “take a break” and travel will not see a deferral actioned.  

 Value of the merit award:

  1. From degree to Honours: 50% off the Honours fee.
  2. Those entering from Honours (and 4th yr of a 4 yr degree such as BPharm4, BJrn 4, BBS 4 etc) to Masters, then 75% of the Masters fee will be reduced (based on the MA/MSc fee, not specialist fee rates - for example, MA/MSc fee for 2018 was R21 812, award value was R16 359).
  3. Those entering from Masters to PhD with a distinction, 75% reduction in PhD fees.

Finally, there are a number of other automatic awards made for those graduating with their 1st degree, or with Honours, where the top graduates are ranked and relevant merit awards are made. These awards vary from R800 - R20 000, but all who are successful will be advised via email, as well as the data being captured on the fee account to assist with Registration Fee.

Postgraduate Funding : Research Office

For any queries: email pgfunding@ru.ac.za  

Tel number: 046-6038755


Postgraduate Bursaries available for 2019

Arts of Africa and Global Souths Research Programme

Image: Members of the 2018 Arts of Africa and Global Souths research team.
Photo by team member Stary Mwaba.

ARTS OF AFRICA AND GLOBAL SOUTHS comprises the SARChI research programme (Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa) supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa, and the Publishing and Research of the South: Positioning Africa (PROSPA) research programme funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Professor Ruth Simbao, the NRF Research Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa invites suitable candidates to apply for postgraduate bursaries for PhD, MA and Honours studies in Art History/Art History and Visual Culture/Visual Studies.

Successful applicants will be active participants in a supportive research group environment at Rhodes University and will work on topics that resonate with the core research of the Chair. Please see www.ru.ac.za/artsofafrica for more information on the research team and research areas.

Bursaries are only available for students who are registered at Rhodes University full time and are based in Grahamstown (Makhanda) for the full duration of their studies.

Please note that all applicants need to meet the requirements of the Fine Art Department and Rhodes University. Positions in the research team are competitive and limited, and are dependent on the relevance of the proposed research topic to the programme as well as the availability of suitable supervision capacity.

Bursaries may be awarded for the following degrees in 2019:

  • PhD in Art History (thesis only, 3 years)
  • MA in Art History (thesis only, 2 years)
  • Honours in Art History/4th year BFA (1 year)

Application process:

Please email the following information to Charmaine Mostert (c.mostert@ru.ac.za) by the 10th of October 2018, and label your email “2019 Postgraduate Application”:

  1. A clear indication of which degree you would like to apply for and the relevant qualifications you have already completed
  2. Recent academic transcripts (shortlisted applicants will be requested to update these at the end of the academic year)
  3. A comprehensive CV
  4. A written statement that outlines your proposed research project, including: Context of Research, Goals of Research, Methodology and Bibliography (2 pages for Honours, 4 pages for Masters, 6-8 pages for PhD)
  5. A statement that clearly outlines how your proposed research intersects with the research of the Arts of Africa and Global Souths research team
  6. A motivation that responds to the following questions: a) Why do you wish to pursue postgraduate studies? b) What do you perceive as the benefits of working in a research team that emphasizes a supportive and collaborative approach? c) What would you be able to offer to this type of research environment? Please be as specific as possible.
  7. A sample of your writing (an article, book chapter, thesis or essay)

Web link: https://www.ru.ac.za/artsofafrica/latestnews/postgraduatebursariesavailablefor2019.html


Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques & Technologies/Department of Physics & Electronics

invites high-flying students looking to get involved in radio astronomy, MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre Array to apply for postgraduate bursaries for 2019

Closing date for applications: CLOSED

RATT Bursary Advert

Rhodes University has established the Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies ( http://www.ratt-ru.org ), based around the SKA Research Chair in RATT, with the aim of furthering research into data processing algorithms, novel calibration & imaging techniques, and innovative observational methods. We have extensive collaborations with leading international radio astronomy groups, we are closely involved with South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) and the MeerKAT, C-BASS and HERA telescopes in the Karoo, and we expect to play a large role in the design and development of the Square Kilometre Array. Our activities include algorithm design, software implementation, development of mathematical methods and frameworks for use in radio astronomy, and processing of observational data from existing radio telescopes. We have esearch projects of various scope and level available to suit students with a variety of aptitudes, from low-level software and algorithm work, to high-level mathematics and physics.

Applicants should have a strong academic record in one or preferably more of the following subjects: astronomy, computing science, mathematics and/or applied mathematics, physics, statistics, signal processin.

Please see http://www.ratt-ru.org/research-areas.html for more information on potential research areas and projects.

Bursaries are now available for 2019. Funding levels are linked to SARAO bursary levels.

As a guideline, for 2018 these were:

  • Honours (1 year): R131 000
  • Masters (2 years duration): R119 000 p.a., plus R24 000 one-off equipment grant, plus R26 500 p.a. travel grant
  • Doctoral (3 years duration): R136 000 p.a., plus R36 000 one-off equipment grant, plus R32 000 p.a. travel grant

The bursaries are renewable on an annual basis subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Priority for funding will be given to South African citizens and permanent residents, followed by candidates from the SKA Africa partner countries (Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia).

Candidates from the rest of the world will be considered on an exceptional basis only.

Applicants should prepare the following documents:

  • a motivational letter (including the applicant’s background and intended subject of study),
  • detailed Curriculum Vitae,
  • copies of all academic transcripts,
  • and details of three referees.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Prof O. Smirnov, o.smirnov@ru.ac.za .

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to have their referees e-mail their reference letters to the same address at a later date.

More information on RATT is available at http://www.ratt-ru.org


    Student Travel Award

    to attend International Conferences and Field Excursions in Plant Ecology

    Rhodes Travel Award Plant Ecology 2018


    • Honours, Master’s or Doctoral degree in Botany or similar related discipline.
    • Applicants must be registered at Rhodes University or the University of Pretoria.
    • Applicants must have registered for a forthcoming international conference and have had a paper or poster?paper on any aspect of plant ecology (including fields such as ecophysiology, evolutionary ecology, molecular ecology, plant?animal interactions, vegetation science, conservation ecology or restoration ecology) accepted for presentation at the conference.
    • The criterion for making the award will be academic merit, as well as a motivated desire to meet with overseas colleagues or visit vegetation types /specific studies in the host country.

    Maximum Value: R 30,000

    Application: Applications must be submitted by email to pgfunding@ru.ac.za.

    The application must comprise:

    • A short (~ 300 words) motivation why the conference attendance should be supported (making a case for academic merit of the work being presented and the choice of conference and, where applicable, field excursion).
    • Details of the funds applied for (costs of registration for the conference, field excursion(s), travel and accommodation, other).
    • Supporting documents such as quotations for airfares, registration costs, conference information, acceptance of abstract.
    • A letter of support from your supervisor or head of department.

    Tenure: Maximum of 3 weeks’ absence from South Africa.

    Closing Date: CLOSED

    Application and further details from: Post Graduate Funding, Research Office, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 6140. Email: pgfunding@ru.ac.za


    Craib Family Scholarship

    This scholarship for Botany studies at Rhodes University, related to the protection of indigenous plants, has been established through the generous support from the Craib Family Scholarship Trust.

    Craib Family Scholarship

    For prospective Honours students, information on the Botany Honours programme can be accessed on the Botany Department's website. Prospective MSc and PhD students should consult academic staff in the department about their proposed research projects ? information on areas of expertise, ongoing research and academic staff in the Botany Department can also be found on the Botany Department’s website.


    • Full time, in attendance.
    • Honours, Masters or PhD.
    • Academic merit.
    • Financial need in the event of equal academic merit.

    Tenure: ONE year; funding for up to two years (MSc) and three years (PhD) subject to excellent progress.

    Value: R50 000 (Honours); R90 000 (MSc); R120 000 (PhD).

    Closing Date: 30 September 2018

    Please provide the following (as there is no application form to complete):

    • Academic CV.
    • Certified copies of academic transcripts.
    • Motivation/Essay not exceeding 300 words explaining your proposed area of research and how it relates to the protection of indigenous plants.
    • A letter of support from you prospective supervisor (or current supervisor if already registered for the degree the funding is intended to support). 

    Applications to be emailed to: pgfunding@ru.ac.za clearly marked Craib Family Scholarship application.

    Faxed copies, hard copies and late applications will NOT be considered.


    Rhodes University Council and Study Loans for 2019

    Closing date: CLOSED

    Period: One Year only


    • RSA citizens only
    • Hons, Masters, PhD and Diploma studies in 2018;
    • Full-time attendance and study at Rhodes University in 2018;
    • This loan will be for 1 year only;
    • A combination of academic performance and financial need will be assessed for all applicants and acceptance to Postgraduate studies;

    Application procedure:

    Submit application form together with the attached documents required, electronically to pgfunding@ru.ac.za as one word or one PDF document clearly marked study loan.

    Please note, we do require supporting documentation and (COMPULSORY) motivation letter as well, which can explain a lot more than filling blocks on a form. You need to include brief plans after studying as well, in the motivation. Please be sure to read the attached application form carefully before applying and do included the necessary attachments as specified on the form.

    Loan Application Form 2019

    Contact: pgfunding@ru.ac.za or (046) 6038755


    Last Modified: Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:37:11 SAST